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Discover baseball's role in American society!

Baseball and American Culture: Across the Diamond is a thoughtful look at baseball's impact on American society through the eyes of the game's foremost scholars, historians, and commentators. Edited by Dr. Edward J. Rielly, author of Baseball: An Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, the book examines how baseball and society intersect and interact, and how the quintessential American game reflects and affects American culture. Enlightening and entertaining, Baseball and American Culture presents a multidisciplinary perspective on baseball's involvement in virtually every important social development in the United States—past and present.

Baseball and American Culture examines baseball’s unique role as a sociological touchstone, presenting scholarly essays that explore the game as a microcosm for American society—good and bad. Topics include the struggle for racial equality, women’s role in society, immigration, management-labor conflicts, advertising, patriotism, religion, the limitations of baseball as a metaphor, and suicide. Contributing authors include Larry Moffi, author of This Side of Cooperstown: An Oral History of Major League Baseball in the 1950s and Crossing the Line: Black Major Leaguers, 1947-1959, and a host of presenters to the 2001 Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, including Thomas Altherr, George Grella, Dave Ogden, Roberta Newman, Brian Carroll, Richard Puerzer, and the editor himself.

Baseball and American Culture features 23 essays on this fascinating subject, including:
“On Fenway, Faith, and Fandom: A Red Sox Fan Reflects”
“Baseball and Blacks: A Loss of Affinity, A Loss of Community”
“The Hall of Fame and the American Mythology”
“Writing Their Way Home: American Writers and Baseball”
“God and the Diamond: The Born-Again Baseball Autobiography”

Baseball and American Culture: Across the Diamond is an essential read for baseball fans and historians, academics involved in sports literature and popular culture, and students of American society.

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Editorial Reviews

Charles C. Alexander
PROVIDES VALUABLE NEW INSIGHTS INTO BASEBALL—as sport, business, and entertainment medium—and its place in American life. Covering such topics as the game's fans, its racial and ethnic aspects, its managing styles, its relationship with the arts, owner-player relations, baseball humor, and even baseball suicides, this book will be of interest not only to dedicated followers of baseball and its long and rich history but also to those more generally involved with the study of modern social dynamics.
PhD, Edwin L. and Ruth Kennedy Distinguished Professor of History, Ohio University
William M. Simons
ECLECTIC . . . explores the cultural significance of baseball. 'The world of baseball,' observes author Edward J. Rielly, 'is the world of the United States in microcosm; it is neither all good nor all bad, but an amalgam of our better and worse selves.' Rielly has selected essays that reflect this insight. The section on baseball and the resolution of conflict illustrates the game's potential, whether realized or unfulfilled, to mediate both temporal and transcendent concerns.
DA, Professor and former Chair of History, State University of New York at Oneonta
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789014849
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Series: Contemporary Sports Issues Series
  • Pages: 318
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

  • About the Editor
  • Contributors
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Section I: The American Fan
  • Chapter 1. A Distinct Sense of Belonging
  • Chapter 2. Home Base: A Survey of Backyard Baseball Diamonds
  • Chapter 3. On Fenway, Faith, and Fandom: A Red Sox Fan Reflects
  • Chapter 4. Baseball Memorabilia
  • Section II: Baseball Inclusivity
  • Chapter 5. From Jackie to Elvis, from Selma to St. Petersburg: The Desegregation of Spring Training
  • Chapter 6. Creating Home with the Ball Field: The Dynamics of Baseball and Civic Inclusivity for Germans, Irishmen, and Blacks During the Late Nineteenth Century
  • Chapter 7. The Internet and the Popularization of the Negro Leagues
  • Chapter 8. Baseball and Blacks: A Loss of Affinity, a Loss of Community
  • Chapter 9. The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League: Accomplishing Great Things in a Dangerous World
  • Chapter 10. Globalization of Baseball in Popular Culture
  • Section III: Money, Managing, and Myth
  • Chapter 11. Here’s the Pitch: Baseball and Advertising
  • Chapter 12. From John McGraw to Joe Torre: Industrial Management Styles Applied Throughout the History of Major League Baseball
  • Chapter 13. The Hall of Fame and the American Mythology
  • Section IV: Baseball and the Arts
  • Chapter 14. Politics, Patriotism, and Baseball On-Screen
  • Chapter 15. Writing Their Way Home: American Writers and Baseball
  • Chapter 16. Baseball As a Second Language: The Impenetrability of Our National Pastime
  • Chapter 17. Baseball Poetry: Society’s Overlooked and Underestimated Literary Art Form
  • Chapter 18. Eiron Men, ’You Know Me, Alazons,’ and Pixies: Baseball Humor As American Humor
  • Section V: Baseball and Resolution of Conflict
  • Chapter 19. Baseball Labor Relations: Is It Safe to Go Back to the Ballpark?
  • Chapter 20. God and the Diamond: The “Born-Again” Baseball Autobiography
  • Chapter 21. The Winter Meetings, the King of Baseball, and the Conscience of the Game
  • Chapter 22. Control Problems: The Limitations of Baseball As Metaphor
  • Chapter 23. Boys of Summer, Suicides of Winter: An Introduction to Baseball Suicides
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included
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